Talented young people from all over Medway are ready to storm the Castle Concerts stage at this year’s Under Siege concert on Sunday, 17 July.

Image courtesy of Simon Kelsey.

Now in its fourth year, the free event gives some of the area’s most gifted young performers the chance to showcase their talents on the Castle Concerts stage. This year the Under Siege performers will follow in the footsteps of Squeeze, Peter Andre, N-Dubz and The Royal Philharmonic Proms Orchestra. All the acts will be able to perform on the same full-sized stage, with professional equipment and the support of an experienced crew.

There are 18 acts in the line-up this year, covering everything from alternative rock to musical theatre, and including performers from Chatham Grammar School for Girls, MidKent College and Greenacre School.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr. Howard Doe met this year’s line-up at the Castle Gardens, as they got ready for their big performance. Cllr. Doe said: “It really is wonderful to see so many young people being given the chance to showcase their talents this year. I’m sure they will all enjoy the day and the amazing experience that performing on the Castle Concerts stage offers”.

Callum Rafferty (13) had his first experience of the Castle Concerts when he came to see McFly in 2009. Callum said: “I’m really excited about performing in Under Siege for the first time, and all my friends and family will be there.”

Fred Clark is a 19-year-old solo performer studying music technology at the University of Kent in Chatham. Fred said: “I can’t believe there are going to be so many people seeing me perform on Sunday. I am going to get as many people as possible to sing along with my song, which is called “Falling for You”.

Byron Grant (13) from the Hundred of Hoo School performs in the band End of Innocence. Byron said “I am a little bit nervous but also very excited!”

Gates open at 12noon and the concert takes place from 1pm to 3.30pm.

The concert is being organised by Medway Council in partnership with Training Them Live and MidKent College.